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Big Magic: Taking Calligraphy Out of the Box
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The marks we make doing calligraphy can be strong, fluid, sensuous and downright yummy. Each lettering style has a distinct personality that creates a unique mood. In this class we will explore the different traits and general structures of pointed brush lettering, Roman capitals and Neuland to gather the essence of each style to develop abstract paintings based on calligraphic form.

Here we will not actually be creating letters, but through a series of exercises we will study the letters’ shapes and spaces, colors and shades of light, to find a personal connection with them. Working with various tools, gestures, our senses and intuition, we will discover the images, thoughts and feelings that spontaneously arise within us in relation to each lettering style. We will allow these images to guide our marks on the page and follow the expression of these marks to complete works of art and a book that each participant will make.

Lessons on the elements and principles of design, and using color will be woven into the fabric of this workshop; so even those with no formal art-training can learn this process of using familiar letter styles as a portal into the exciting world of artistic expression.

2-1/2 Day Workshop
Sunday through Tuesday, June 25–27, 2017

LetterWorks 2017 — 36th International Lettering Arts Conference
Ogden, Utah
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Sherrie Lovler learned calligraphy in high school and continued studies with Hermann Zapf and Dick Beasley influenced her work. She has a BA in studio art and has been teaching for over 30 years, including accredited classes at Northern Arizona University, International Calligraphy Conferences, Ghost Ranch, La Romita School of Art in Italy and at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Her work has been published in The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering, Letter Arts Review Annual Juried Issues, Bound & Lettered and many other books and journals. Her abstract paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions and many juried and group shows. Her newest book, On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy, won a gold award for Most Outstanding Book Design of the Year for 2016 from Independent Publishers IPPY Awards. Her work can be seen at www.artandpoetry.com.

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